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  1. I'm interested in the Modern Thought and Literature program at Stanford and am wondering if there are other, similar interdisciplinary programs at other universities? With a strong Literature focus but lots of room to branch into cognitive science, history, law, or any other direction on a highly individualized basis.
  2. Hi friend -- I am in a somewhat similar position, coming from MDiv to PhD in Humanities. You should be focusing on individual professors whose research interests are a good fit with your own. I'm personally looking at faculty in many different departments -- Comp Lit, History, Religion, Jewish Studies, interdisciplinary programs. TBH an MDiv and MFA might not look like advantages to everyone on the admissions committee -- you'll need to demonstrate a serious commitment to RESEARCH on your application, and also in any exploratory emails you might send out. With only four or five months left until applications are due, I think you should be way past questions like "should I get a PhD in Literature or Religion?" If you look through the forums you'll see that it's very common for people to apply to programs, get rejected across the board, and come back the next year much better prepared and have fantastic outcomes from their applications. Given your background, there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to get into a great PhD program. You can even do it this year, if you can get from where you are to where you need to be with your proposal quickly. A lot of it also depends on where you'll be applying. "I figured I'd ask you all first if I should be considering applying through religion departments instead" I say, you should consider applying to all departments, and then apply to the ones where you think your project fits very well with the program and the faculty. "related areas of interest include portrayals of clergy in literature, medieval lit, 20th-21st century British lit and religions/theologies in science fiction and fantasy literature." This is fine but at this point in the process your elevator pitch should look like this: "I am interested in studying contrasting portrayals of Jesuit and Dominican clergy in 17th century British travel narratives, and their relationship with contemporaneous political debates about the role of Papal authority in Europe." I mean, laser focused. My suggestion is that over the next two or three weeks you should first develop a NARROWLY focused and SPECIFIC research question or project, and then intensively study potential faculty advisors whose research and interests are a good match, and at the very end of that process start reaching out to them by email. There are lots and lots and lots of threads on this forum about how to write those emails (just search for "POI" and "email" or "how to email professor"). This is a brutal process and it's important to have a plan in place for what you're going to do for the next year if you find yourself in the same position as me and many many people here, striking out the first round and having to come back next year bruised but better prepared for the kind of competition you're facing.
  3. For masters-level programs I wouldn't stress out too much about GPA. Apply everywhere you would seriously want to go and focus on where you want to go next in your studies. That being said, as someone with a Classics background I would urge you to reconsider trying to make a career in Classics. There are jobs teaching Latin in high schools but that is IT. It's a fantastic transition into any other field in the Humanities, if you're looking at a PhD, but I would strongly discourage you from considering Classics for anything more than a two year masters, including work.
  4. Hi JonCL - I'm a recent masters-level graduate from a NELC program. My impression is that your Hebrew language training is fine for ANE, and your Greek is adequate background as one of the languages you'll do a reading proficiency test in but it's not enough to propose a research project involving Greek/NT. One of my deans from a previous institution told me that they accept students into their Arabic PhD with as little as two years of Arabic. (Small pet peeve -- when you say "3 years equivalency" it makes it sound to me like you're including intensives but trying to "hide" the fact for some reason. Just say exactly what you did. Also, your grades will matter a lot because of the intensives.) You should remember that you'll be competing with native Hebrew speakers and Jewish students who grew up reading Hebrew as children, so your application is going to have to speak powerfully to your strengths and to what makes you the very best candidate out of a pool of extremely well-qualified candidates. The fact that my previous T10 accepts PhD students with 2 years of language training underscores the fact that this is not the most important aspect of the application, adequate language prep is only the basic prerequisite to apply. What exactly are you wanting to study? I'm a bit puzzled by the Assyriology Dept inclusion, since you don't mention any previous studies in that area. Based on your stats I would suggest that your best chance at admission is to focus on some aspect of ancient Jewish history.
  5. I’m a fan of r/forbiddenSnacks r/kidsarefuckingstupid r/creepyasterisks hbu?
  6. Well, I’m moving over to Reddit (even though most of the content is generated by bots these days). You should check out Poli Sci Rumors website next
  7. I only applied to two programs because I didn’t want to be in the position of potentially spending the rest of my life with regrets, wondering if I could have done better. It looks like I’m going to strike out but I think that’s better for me long-term than making a bad decision on something so important.
  8. My personal opinion is that if this is how you’re feeling after visiting the schools, you should seriously consider the CIR program at Chicago and hold off on starting a PhD until you’re in a better position to get into a program you’re going to be more enthusiastic about.
  9. I emailed them last week and they said I should know within the next two weeks (I.e. by March 15). I assume that applies to everyone
  10. I am praying some of you who have no acceptances and are feeling desperate will receive a surprise last-minute fully funded offer. Jah bless...
  11. My personal opinion is that if you can afford it do MAPPS because you should be able to get into a T10 after. I would even speculate that the applications referred to MAPPS from PhD are people they think might be good PhD candidates at the school after a little more preparation.
  12. I just noticed she also cc'ed a professor. Whelp. Guess I know what I need to do now. If anyone needs me, I'll be in the kitchen with my head in the oven. (But seriously, I'm fine -- I replied with a brief "Thanks for the info and sorry for the duplicate emails.") Guys, I think I'm an annoying person. I'm also unattractive.
  13. Okay, it got worse (the DGS replied and told me the admin could answer, and then the admin replied to the DGS's email with me cc'ed saying she'd already answered my question to a separate email). The real issue is that I don't have a Plan B that I'm happy about. I have a lot of ideas for crappy ways I could survive for a year while I retake the GRE and reapply next year, but I don't want to do any of those things. I guess the best thing for me to do is to spend the next two weeks searching for and applying to jobs I'd be really excited to do. That can be my Plan B. Then, if I strike out with my last PhD application in the next two weeks, I can move on to Plan C, which is applying to jobs I don't want but am reasonably sure I can get. Plan D would be to take literally any job in a city where I'd want to live, and Plan E would be to take literally any job, literally anywhere. Plan F would be to go live with the mole people who live in the abandoned subway tunnels in NYC, although I've heard it's extremely dangerous down there. I hope it doesn't come to that. (In case it's not clear -- yes I'm trying to be funny and am not being 100% serious, but the feeling of anxiety over where I am and what I'm going to do is real)
  14. yeah after I made this post I figured I'd emailed the wrong person, so I emailed the program admin too. As soon as I hit "send," my inbox updated to show that the same admin had just replied like 30 seconds earlier to the email I'd sent the DGS yesterday. Ugh. I guess now she knows how neurotic I am... In my defense, the fact that I worry intensely about everything is also what makes me a high-achieving student. I can't get a C on a weekly quiz because then the professor will know I'm mediocre and then I'll end up with lukewarm recommendations and I won't get into a decent PhD program and won't be able to find a job at all so I'll probably just end up managing a coffeeshop somewhere at 50 wearing those $10 black pants you buy at the discount store -- you know, the ones you can't iron because they just melt the moment you touch them with heat -- and the coffeeshop will only give me 29 hours of work a week so they won't have to give me health insurance, and so when I need to see a doctor I won't be able to afford it and that's how I'll end up dying pathetic, overweight, and destitute at 50 without even enough money to pay for my own funeral. No one will even notice except for a few of our regulars -- the other baristas will be like, "Oh, OmniscienceQuest? Yeah... He died. Of poverty. So sad..." And the regulars will be like "Oh, no! I'm so sorry to hear that... Gosh... Yeah, I'll have my regular latte thanks... Gosh, so sad..." But you know what? I never liked any of them even a little, I just didn't have any other choices because I got a C one time on a quiz and my whole fragile life plan collapsed. (BTW the email from the admin said I'll have an answer within the next two weeks. It was a kind email too, I didn't get the faintest hint of annoyance that I'd asked).
  15. How did you word your email? I wrote one to the DGS at another school and didn't get a reply (at least not immediately)
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